A criminal from Dorking, who spent weeks evading police, after abandoning a car in Friston Forest, is finally behind bars.
Darryl Matthew Dempsey, from Beare Green, Dorking, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (20 September) and pleaded guilty to all charges against him.
They included eight burglaries other than dwellings, six counts of fraud, handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
In one incident while seeking to evade justice Dempsey, who also has links to East Sussex, drove off-road and onto the South Downs before abandoning a 4x4 vehicle in Friston Forest.
The 21-year-old managed to escape on that occasion but was eventually arrested in Surrey on Monday 15 August, after which he was remanded in custody prior to his sentencing on Tuesday.
He’s been sentenced to a total of 44 months in jail.
Inspector Tony Wakefield, of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, "We're delighted with this result.
"Three years eight months may seem slightly lenient to some people, considering the number of charges against Dempsey.
"But the judge made it clear in his summing up that if Dempsey appears before the court again he could expect a custodial sentence running into double figures. So, a pretty severe warning."